Graduation 2018 has come and gone for our seniors at Riverside, Buffalo Island Central and Manila high schools. Our graduation edition comes out this week honoring all of the seniors.
I know I have mentioned graduation in a few columns lately but truly it is a milestone for our young people and worth recognition one more time this year.
High school graduation is definitely a turning point in the lives of the seniors. They think they are finishing but they are really just completing one phase of life. They are really just beginning. They will have to start making their own decisions on what they want to do with their own lives. We as parents can suggest, encourage, and even demand if we choose to, but all in all the young adults will have to follow their own paths in what they want to do for their futures.
Hopefully, we have set a good example. Children do learn from watching their parents.
I want to congratulate all of the seniors for their hard work. I hope they all leave with good memories of their schools and teachers. We are very fortunate to have teachers, staff, and administrators who really do care. Years down the road most former students will realize the teachers they thought were "mean" only tired to inspire and bring out the best in each student.
I have been taking pictures of students from kindergarten through high school for over 40 years. I have taken pictures of their first kindergarten Thanksgiving celebration dressed as Indians and pilgrims to their senior plays and gong shows. I have watched four generations grow up and graduate.
Our young people really are our future. They will be our doctors, nurses, accountants, technology gurus, firefighters, police officers, landscapers, soldiers, bankers, lawyers, builders, manufacturers, teachers, pilots, plumbers, electricians, politicians, city leaders and more. They will fill all of the positions that keep our world functioning.
Parents, take pride in your young graduates. They are on the road to adulthood. Hopefully, they will work a long time and pay taxes so we can continue to draw our Social Security for many years to come. I get a little nervous when I think about the Social Security system running out of money. There are a lot of us baby boomers still around.
It is an exciting time for our young people as they prepare to go to college, military, or the workforce (or all three).
The Town Crier staff wants to congratulate all of the seniors and wish them well in their future.
Changing the subject, I almost forgot to mention Mother's Day. I hope every mother had a good day on Sunday. The men in our church cook breakfast for the mothers every Mother's Day. As usual, it was wonderful and we appreciate them so much.